China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that any efforts to sow discord between China and Pakistan are destined to fail. Yi made this statement during a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
Yi further appreciated that the good start in partnership with Pakistan following Imran Khan’s election as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister. He further added that ‘any conspiracies attempting to incite disharmony or interfere in China-Pakistan relations will not prevail’.
Yi’s statement comes in the backdrop of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement in July when he warned that any potential International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan was not be used to pay off China’s debt. Pompeo’s statement, however, was dismissed by both Pakistan and China, saying the loans were sustainable.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, during the meeting, also said that the Pakistan-China friendship has deep cultural, historical and institutional linkages. Highlighting the importance of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Qureshi said that CPEC has added a new dimension and depth to China Pakistan ties.
Pakistan-China cooperation, with regards to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, has further strengthened in the recent days after PM Imran Khan’s visited to Saudi Arabia resulted in a formal invitation to the Kingdom to join the CPEC as a ‘third partner’. Moreover, Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also held an important meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week, assuring him of Pakistan’s full commitment towards effective implementation of CPEC projects.